Santa Beyond the Grave

Clayton, NC-Remember back in December when you used to wake up really early in the morning to find presents under the tree, and your parents told you it was Santa Claus? Well today just about everyone over the age of  ten knows that the gifts were not from a jolly old man in a red suit, but rather their parents instead. Turns out that Santa was real kids, except his name was actually Saint Nicolas, and he is actually dead.

Saint Nicholas was a fourth century bishop who was well known for his gift-giving and aiding the poor, thus the legend of Santa Claus was born. Beneath the St. Nicholas Church in the Antalya province in Turkey, archaeologists have found what they believe to be the very man’s own bones. It is said that Nicholas lived around the area, which was known back then as Myra, Asia Minor (today’s Turkey). The tomb was discovered during a digital analysis, but in order to see if it is actually Nicholas inside, the archaeologists have to open the tomb, which is proving itself quite tricky.

They “believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor,” said Cemil Karabayram (head of Antalya’s Monument Authority, meaning it will take a while before figuring out if the tomb really belongs to Saint Nic.

And what if it is? Well, it is always a great to discover someone who gave many meanings to people around the world even if his name was changed and mixed a couple times over as it was passed from culture to culture.

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